First Aid for Kids at Home

Expert session Questions and Answers

Food allergy is very common in kids. Many outgrow as they age. Peanut butter is known to cause hypersensitivity reactions. Try eliminating it from her diet. If symptoms regress then you can start reintroducing in a very small quantity to begin and then increase the amount. Same can be tried for other food items. If symptoms persist you can give her OTC antihistamines. If that doesn’t help you may have to get her allergy test done.

Most likely viral fever. If she has a sore throat, cough and if fever persists beyond 48 hours, better to show her to a doctor.

That could be one of the causes. But commonly it’s cause of lack of fibres and less water. Now due to lock down even her activity levels must be low. Try to work on these first.

It’s common to have irregular menses after menarche. Wait for a year or so. If she is overweight , that should be corrected.

Increase fibre intake – green leafy vegetables, fruits, salads. Increase water intake, exercise.

She is almost 6 months now so you can definitely start with top feeding. Maybe the quantity of BM is not enough for her now.

No need to worry now. If this persists and if snores loudly then you may have to consult an ENT to look for adenoids.

Does his tummy look distended? Does he cry while passing motion ?

Try distracting his mind. Reward and appreciation are good ways to encourage good eating habits. Increase his activity level.

Majority of times, it’s a sign of nutritional deficiency. Iron, copper, PEM are all associated. You can get her investigated.

Commonly stress causes this. No need to worry much about it. She will outgrow this.

Try to keep it dry. It happens due to heat. You can apply prickly heat powder

Unless he shows any symptoms of intracranial injury you don’t have to worry about minor injuries. Just make sure his constant tripping is not an attention seeking behaviour. Sometimes this is seen in twins. Some kids are hyperactive. Put him for some structured sports activity. And don’t worry about minor injuries. Actually they help in building kid’s immunity.

Many times this happens due to gastritis, where there is increased acidity in the stomach which hurts stomach mucosa. Try to improve her diet. Can give her Syp Gelusil 5-10ml twice a day.

We as parents feel that our kids are eating well. Sometimes it may not be true. Try keeping a diary of the food items and amount of water /day for a period of 1 week. If it is really sufficient then you may have to bring them to a doctor.

Yellow sclera is a sign of Jaundice. You need to show to a doctor. Try antibiotic eye drops like Mosiflox drops for 2-3 days . If yellow colour / redness persists please take them to a doctor.

I feel sudden movement startles him. That’s all. Don’t worry.

If his breathing is normal and if he gets a good sleep, no need to continue using the drops.

I feel you need to show him to a paediatrician.

Seen in many kids who are hyperactive.

Many kids have this problem. Most outgrow as they age. Make him do good physical activity/ sport.

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Mandar Doiphode – First Aid for Kids at Home

Mandar Doiphode – First Aid for Kids at Home
Dr.Mandar Doiphode is a Consultant Gastroenterologist by profession. He is the Chief Interventional Endoscopist at Jupiter Hospital, ONP Hospital and the Director at Gastrohub, Centre of Advanced G I Endoscopy. Some of the services provided by the doctor are: Minimally Invasive Surgery, Incisional Hernia,Cosmetic Surgery,Endoscopic Surgery and Colonoscopy. He started Lumina Endoscopy Centers at two places in and around Pune to provide state-of-the-art endoscopy facilities under one roof.